Category: Compact SUV

Rich Kids Club – Audi Q2 Review

Audi Q2 Review South Africa

Audi Q2 Driven Review

If the Q2 was a person, it would be ‘that guy’.. You all know that guy and if not, you are that guy. The guy who has a sneaker option for everyday. The guy who has all the latest music on his latest mobile device. The guy with the latest car, you know this guy. He is the guy that is uber annoying, yet, is kinda liked and secretly, you want to be that guy. The millennial who has wealthy parents who have made sure that he will go through life on his yacht down-stream.

That was the first impression of the Audi Q2. It left me wondering that, if a crossover SUV with a 1.4 TFSI motor and DSG with all of the cool extras costs R778 000, what I’m a doing with my life in general and where can I apply for a re-do? You see, the Q2 is one of those trendy cars that are, as it’s known in the African Culture as “for control”. This isn’t a “we have a baby now, let’s be wise and get a spacious vehicle”. No, this is a “we need an extra car that the kids will use as I don’t want them driving any of our cars as I don’t trust them, and the Q2 is safe enough”. You see, “for control”. Being based on the A3, it’s not the biggest compact SUV and its closest competitor is the new Mini Countryman which has a more palatable price, relatively speaking.

So, what do you get for the price of both kidneys and your right lung? You get, as per our test car; Bang and Olfusen sound, Navigation, Panorama Sunroof, LED headlights with daytime running lights, sweeping indicators, fancy Tron/iRobot lighting on the dashboard as well as the awesome Virtual Cockpit. The list goes on. All of this does suggest that if you scale back on the optional extras, you can end up with an affordable Q2. It’s still one that went to a semi-private school and speaks to its grandparents in English, as it doesn’t speak any vernacular. The car does drive very well and it feels very modern and chic. Audi never gets interiors wrong and they weren’t about to start on this one. We need to make special mention of the Apple CarPlay feature.It’s something that works stupendously well and it’s nearly impossible to fault. From voice commands, to the navigation and music outlay, it’s near perfect. I sincerely hope that other manufacturers can look at this example and take note on how to use systems like this that integrate so well with a mobile device.

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I will nit-pick and point out that the car has a “dead spot” on take off. This was remedied by adjusting the vehicle’s throttle response to Dynamic instead of Comfort via the Drive Select module. As much as it worked, I would have liked a bit more poke from the turbocharged four-pot. The S-Tronic gearbox works like a hot knife on butter once it’s out of the first gate. The steering is also positive and does communicate well, especially in Dynamic mode. Overall the car works well on the city and on the open road.

So our week went well in the latest and trendiest Audi. We did get a wave in Hyde Park from a fellow Q2 driver who came out of a home that literally took up half of the block. That’s quite the indicator as to who this car will appeal to. Perhaps it may have the Range Rover Evoque appeal? Truth be told, it’s a nice little car and it has all the modern gizmos to keep you entertained. One can imagine some money will be taken out of various trust funds to buy this car.

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Nissan Qashqai Driven Review in South Africa

We test drive the Nissan Qashqai

Once upon a time, a manufacturer decided to make a 4×4 that wasn’t actually a 4×4 and the rest became history. Few people could have predicted the success of the crossover when the Nissan Qashqai supposedly invented the segment in 2006. Well over a million Qashqai’s and a bajillion other crossovers later, the second generation Nissan Qashqai takes over from where the benchmark in its segment left off, building on its many strengths.

When replacing the original Qashqai, Nissan certainly had their work cut out for them but thanks to much improved build quality and styling, the Qashqai now gives off a much more premium feel than its predecessor. Good quality materials and very few rattles make the cabin a very nice place to be and while you won’t be writing abstract poems professing the innate beauty of its swooping plastic features or nice-to-push buttons, everything works just as it should, all while giving a pleasing tactile feeling.

Power comes from an array of motors, ranging from 1.2-litre turbo-petrols to 1.6-litre turbo-petrols and diesels. The model we had on test was the mid-range 1.5dCi Acenta Manual with 81 kW and 260 N.m although the laggy torque delivery and gear lever’s long throws came nowhere close to mirroring the vehicle’s sporty and dynamic looks. Frightfully economical, though, we averaged around 5.0 l/100 km over the period of a week which in the real world isn’t too far off the manufacturer’s claim of 4.2 l/100km.

Spec wise, the Acenta model we had comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, a trip computer, xenon headlights, 6 airbags, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, auto-lights and windscreen wipers and the usual electronic aids.

A 6 year/150 000km warranty comes standard across the range, as does a 3 year/90 000km service plan.

Nissan Qashqai pricing in South Africa

Pricing starts at R354 900 for the 1.2T Acenta and rises to R454 900 for the top-spec 1.6dCi Acenta Auto. The model we tested is priced at R382 900 and is definitely the sweet spot in the range.

While the second-generation Nissan Qashqai has been on sale in South Africa for roughly 3 years now, it is still a very relevant product, more than capable of competing with some of its newer competitors. Despite the fact that its sporty looks are a bit deceiving, the Qashqai as a whole is a good quality product that reminds us of why the world fell in love with the original in the first place.

Nissan, good job.

 

The Opel MOKKA X: A Crossover For South African City Life.

Opel MOKKA X Driven Review

Crossover vehicles are becoming very popular, they bring the style of an SUV together with the compactness of a hatchback. They prove to be popular for those with young families or ones who just can’t stretch the budget for the real deal. Crossover’s look good, a little different from the everyday vehicle, are well-priced and are a better option for the city over an SUV.

So it’s not difficult to see, then, why this segment has literally boomed in the past couple of years and with more variants coming to market, there are many choices available. One of these variants is Opel’s kind of new MOKKA X.

I couldn’t quite get my head around the visual aspect of this vehicle when it first arrived on our doorstep. It has really nice design elements but also looks a little plumbly – a chubby teenager with a handful of candyfloss comes to mind. It definitely has sporty crossover elements and from some angles its looks great, whereas others are not so appealing. The exterior is still a little lukewarm for me, so let’s talk about the inside.

Interior

The interior of the MOKKA X was a great surprise. It isn’t what you’d describe as the lap of luxury, but it is refreshing. The car boasts a very simple, clean and sophisticated feel with striking visual elements that catch your eye. Along with the descent trim comes a nice steering wheel and the leather padding on the dash in the Cosmo edition is pleasing to the eyes. I felt very comfortable and relaxed in the MOXXA X cabin which I feel is very important. Especially if you’re the kind of driver who values comfort and aesthetics over performance, because this isn’t a performance car…

Opel MOKKA X Review

Driving

From a driving perspective, the MOKKA X feels like a city car. The steering is very light, so light in fact that I found myself scanning for a city steering button – it didn’t exist. This didn’t cause me any issues, though, and it made for a great turning circle and quick response when nipping around Durban – I rather enjoyed it.

To be honest, the whole driving experience in the Opel MOKKA X was fairly pleasant. As mentioned before, the MOKKA X is no hot cross over. With 103 kW and 200 N.m on tap from just 1 850 rpm, it’S no slouch and has ample power. These figures are produced by 1400 cc turbocharged motor which also returns impressive consumption figures at a claimed 6.0 l/100km combined.

Overview and Pricing

For me, The Opel MOKKA X is a crossover with a slightly city biased nature, which is a good thing. It has the space and style of a mini SUV, but drives like a city car with its responsive engine and nippy handling. This is not a bad point at all. As many people buy crossovers for the style anyway, with no inclination to actually crossover onto any other road surface than tarmac.

It boasts a good amount of space and has an impressive drivetrain. It is also very well connected with Carplay and Android Auto available. I had a blast in the MOKKA X! It’s a good fit for a young family and with a starting price of R317,500 it’s also very affordable.

  • MOKKA X 1.4T Enjoy 6MT

    R 317, 500.00

  • MOKKA X 1.4T Enjoy 6AT

    R 328, 400.00

  • MOKKA X 1.4T Cosmo 6MT

    R 357, 400.00

  • MOKKA X 1.4T Cosmo 6AT

    R 368, 100.00

 

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